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Air Mail Wedding: 18 Handmade Ideas Sent with Love

Email allows anyone to connect instantly, but nothing can compare to the sweet sentiment of a handwritten note or heartfelt letter from a loved one. That’s why we love air mail wedding ideas from invitations to save the dates, favors, stationery, and everything in-between. There is something sweetly simple about a handwritten note or tag, particularly around the holidays. Today, we’re sharing 18 air mail wedding ideas you will love, beginning with an invitation by Jack and Jill Wedding which ties in the air mail idea beautifully, with a postcard reply for guests to send back with love. Enjoy!

air mail wedding invitation by Jack & Jill Wedding with tear-off postcard (brilliant!)

air mail stamp for your wedding correspondence by Extase

air mail bracelet by Mysc

air mail wedding invitation styled as a boarding pass by Serendipity Beyond Design

air mail clothespins by Another Donkey Design

air mail wedding stickers for envelopes by K is for Calligraphy

vintage-inspired air mail wedding invitation suite by Serendipity Beyond Design

beautiful handmade necklace with envelope and airplane charms by Marolsha

handmade air mail journal for keeping your wedding planning notes at hand by Chinese Calligraphy Art & Design

decorate bridesmaid tote bags with vintage air mail buttons by Retro Nana

handmade air mail stationery set by Cutie Pie Company

air mail wedding favors by Courtney Talbot

air mail styled headband by Modern Crush

air mail necklace with The Eiffel Tower, a postcard and envelope charm by According To She

air mail wedding favor notebooks (set of 8) by Mini Haus

love letter invitation suite by Two For Joy Paper Studio

air mail wedding invitation suite with map by Serendipity Beyond Design

And… we can’t forget about this beautiful DIY we featured awhile back by Lauren Elise Crafted:

Air Mail DIY exclusively designed for Emmaline Bride by the lovely Lauren Elise Crafted

Click here for the full DIY scoop to craft your own DIY save the dates!

Which one is your favorite?


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DIY Bunting Favors

Happy Monday + Happy August! How was your weekend? Mine (Emma here!) was great! I did some housework, gardening, worked on a very special secret project, went on a date with my husband to see Crazy, Stupid, Love (I give it both the movie and its soundtrack 5 stars – such a cute movie) and enjoyed some fun + sun on the beach. I hope your weekend was fabulous, too. :)

To kick off the first day of a brand spankin’ new month + the first day of a new week, we’re showcasing DIY bunting favors! This darling DIY project is exclusively for Emmaline Bride readers brought to you by Lauren of Lauren Elise Crafted. Enjoy!

diy bunting favors

DIY Bunting Favors
by Lauren

Hi Emmaline Bride readers! Lauren Elise here and I am excited to be sharing a DIY for favor bags today. This project is actually a two in one so not only will I be teaching you how to make cute treat bags but also how to make fabric pins that your guests can wear and keep as a memento from your day. To be festive, I created a bunting stamp but you could stamp anything you wanted onto your fabric to personalize the pins to your specific event.

diy bunting favors

I used two different kits for this DIY, a stamp carving kit and a button kit. There appears to be a handful of steps but each kit is actually very simple and after a practice run (or two!), you should be well on your way to making your own stamps and buttons.

diy bunting favors

Happy crafting! And when you are done with this project, you can continue to use the stamp carving kit to make more of your own personal stamps. You will be able to embellish paper goods and favors for all kinds of projects in the future. Enjoy!

diy bunting favors

Materials ::

○ Speedball Speedy-Carve Basic Stamp Making Kit
○ Dritz Button Cover Kit – mine was size 45, 1⅛”
○ pencil
○ natural colored fabric – I used drill fabric but you could also use muslin or twill
○ rubber stamp ink pad or pen in brown
○ patterned cotton fabric
○ super glue pen
○ ribbon in 3 different colors
○ scissors
○ tacky glue
○ Darice tie tacks – I found mine in the jewelry section of JoAnn Fabrics
○ muslin bag
○ rubber stamp alphabet kit – mine was Creative Café Casual Alphabet Set

diy bunting favors

Directions ::

○ Use the Speedball Carving Kit to make a bunting rubber stamp. Follow the directions provided in the kit for more stamp making advice. Use the trace paper provided in the kit to transfer your drawing to the pink carving block {image A}. The size of your bunting will depend on the size of the buttons you use, mine were 1⅛”. The button kit comes with a template.

○ Use the provided gouges in the kit to carve away the block around the stamp {image B}.

○ Use the template in the button kit {image C} to trace circles on your drill fabric {image D}. Cut out the circles.

○ Put ink onto your bunting stamp, either with an ink pad or pen, and stamp onto the fabric circle {image E}. Place the stamp in the middle of the circle. Use the provided tools in the button kit to make your button {image F}.

○ Follow the directions that come with the button kit for more detail. Place your fabric, bunting facing down, over the plastic mold. Place a button shell over the fabric and press both into the mold with the blue pusher tool {image G}. Tuck the fabric into the shell. Press a back into the mold and snap into place with the pusher {image H}.

○ Use the template again to draw smaller circles onto patterned cotton fabric {image I}. Cut the circle out and glue to the back of the pin with tacky glue {image J}. Provide plenty of time to dry.

○ Cut three pieces of ribbon, about 2” in length (I varied the lengths slightly) and glue together with a super glue pen {image K}. Glue the ribbons to the back of the pin and then glue a tie tack on top, all using super glue {image L}.

○ Use the stamp alphabet kit {image M} to spell out “PARTY” and stamp onto the muslin bag. Finally, pin the fabric button onto the muslin bag {image N}. Fill with confetti or treats and enjoy!

*It has been a pleasure to be here with you today! If you have any questions about anything I have made, please feel free to contact me through my blog. I am also available to make anything you see. If you are interested in custom, handmade favors or details, please get in touch because I would love to craft something special for you.


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DIY: A Very Merry Mantle + Wintery Décor!

From all of us at Emmaline Bride, we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas Eve! Today we are sharing a gorgeous DIY decor piece by EB Team member, Lauren! She wanted to give her home decor a personal touch, and she’s bringing us along on the decorating journey. Check out her beautiful work as she transforms her mantle into a stylish winter wonderland.

Take it away, Lauren!

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DIY Décor

Hello my fellow Emmaline readers! Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to pop in quickly today and wish everyone a happy holiday. Have the best day and hopefully you all get to spend it with those you treasure most. I will be surrounded by my family in the next few days and I could not be happier. To me, the holidays are about that time together, not about how many presents you have under the tree. Most of all, I am looking forward to our big family dinner. This year my two new stepbrothers will be joining us! Our family has grown and that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Nothing beats this time of year!

Today I have included a few pictures that invite you into my world. I finally was able to do a bit of my own decorating, so I adorned our mantle with some wintry décor. Our living room is painted light blue so to coordinate, I used a white, silver, and gold color scheme. I like things to be a bit different so I went easy on the red and green. I styled the mantel with some items we had from previous Christmases and with my own handmade pieces. I made the garlands this morning and put the entire fireplace mantel together in about an hour. So let this inspire you if you are still wanting to do a bit of decorating before Saturday…there is still time!

I am so excited for 2011 and new projects that I have in the works. I am so fortunate to be a part of the Emmaline Bride team and cannot wait to create some great DIYs for you in the months to come. Come back often for some great inspiration and catch me on my blog Lauren Elise Crafted for more craftiness!

Once again, I wish you all the merriest of days!


*Doily clipart is from Pugly Pixel

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Bridesmaid Hankies for ‘Happy Tears’

Happy Monday, lovelies! Emmaline Bride’s DIY expert, Lauren, is one busy bee with tons of talent. She is a skilled photographer, creative do-it-yourself-er, and designs handmade goods in her shop, Lauren Elise Crafted. We love these recently added vintage bridesmaid hankies which make great gifts. Each vintage hankie is hand-selected by Lauren (she has a sharp eye for design, so you can definitely trust her instincts) and includes a charming keepsake trinket such as a skeleton key, medallion, spool or pocket watch. Your bridesmaid can wipe away the happy tears during the ceremony and cherish for years to come.

View more of her work here, some amazing DIYs at EB here and check out her blog Lauren Elise Crafted.